2019 Subaru Outback vs. Its Competition

2019 Subaru Outback
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Rivals have attempted to imitate the 2019 Subaru Outback, but they haven’t bested it yet.

The Buick Regal TourX tries with its roomy interior and strong turbo-4, but it’s expensive to begin with and pricier yet with the safety tech Subaru makes standard.

The smaller VW Golf Alltrack costs about as much as an Outback and delivers some nice touches and a punchy turbocharged engine, but it lacks the roomy interior and breadth of trim levels.

Audi’s A4 Allroad is positioned as an upscale Outback and it mostly succeeds.

Just be prepared to spend a lot more.

Traditional SUV buyers may be attracted to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, a well-priced SUV that comes up short in crash-testing.

And no visit to the Subaru dealer would be complete without a look at the redesigned Forester with its higher seating position and room cargo area.

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Quick Specs
6.7
The 2019 Subaru Outback makes a sensible crossover SUV alternative.
7.0
The 2019 Audi A4 is hiding in plain sight as one of the automaker’s most complete and well-rounded cars.
6.2
The 2019 Buick Regal is a new idea on an old name. Available as a fastback or wagon this time around it's certainly sharp, but could use a little more polish.
7.0
The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a hugely capable off-roader—or track warrior—wrapped in a smart package.
6.8
The 2019 Subaru Forester is a well thought-out crossover SUV with exceptional space, a great ride, and standard AWD without a fuel-economy penalty.
6.5
The practical 2019 VW Golf is a smart choice whether as a frugal hatchback or a zippy GTI.
MSRP From     
$26,345$37,400N/A$31,945$24,295$21,845
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4N/ARegular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDCompact CarsN/AStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDCompact Cars
Style Name     
2.5iPremium 40 TFSIN/AAltitude 4x22.5i1.4T S Manual
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
55N/A555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySedanN/ASport UtilitySport UtilityHatchback
Transmission     
CVT w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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